Getting a job in a different province or territory

If you are planning to work in another province or territory, you should first find out whether your occupation is regulated there. Some occupations are regulated in some provinces and territories, but not in others. To work in a regulated occupation, you need to obtain a certificate or licence from the regulatory body of the province or territory where you plan to work.

The Government of Canada and provincial and territorial governments are working together to make it easier for you to have your certificate or licence recognized. We have developed a checklist that outlines what regulatory bodies may ask you to submit when applying for a certificate or licence in each province or territory.

Is your occupation regulated?

Use the Explore Careers tool below to generate a Job Market Report that will tell you whether your occupation is regulated and if so, identify the regulatory body for your occupation in the area you want to work. The report will also show available jobs, their pay and the outlook for your occupation.

For more information about occupational requirements, contact the regulatory body in the province or territory where you want to work. This could save you time and money.

Moving to work in a skilled trade

The Government of Canada works with provinces and territories to support the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal Program makes it easier for tradespeople to have their skills recognized across Canada so they can move to other provinces or territories to work, and in some cases complete their apprenticeship training.

Visit Support for Apprentices for more information on Government of Canada programs for apprentices.

The Agreement on Internal Trade

The Agreement on Internal Trade is an agreement between the Government of Canada and the governments of provinces and territories. It exists to promote the free movement of goods, services, investment and labour within Canada. Its purpose is to make the domestic market open, efficient and stable.

A section of the Agreement (Chapter 7) aims to eliminate barriers to the full labour mobility of workers in regulated occupations (trades and professions) in Canada.

For information about the Agreement on Internal Trade and the requirements to meet when moving to work within Canada, visit the Forum of Labour Market Ministers – Labour Mobility Coordinating Group website.

Learn about moving within Canada to work or about foreign credential recognition in Canada.

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